Like many, I a feel a responsibility to serve those who live in extreme poverty. As an academic working in the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, I have had the opportunity to encourage students to work on small-scale engineering projects that serve the poor, but increasingly, I felt the need to be directly involved. By chance, I read a newspaper article describing Dick Wukich’s work with the low-cost ceramic water filter and was inspired to contact him and begin to use my technical background in ceramics processing to pursue product development for the low-cost ceramic water filters and antibacterial nanoparticles. I am very supportive of Potters Water Action Group (PWAG) and the concept of local training centers that can establish ceramic filter factories in low-income communities and help sustain them over time. As part of the PWAG Board, I intend to continue my involvement and also participate in regular field work in collaboration with the PWAG training centers established in low-income communities.
Michael T. Stubna, age 66, residing in Oakdale, PA. He is a horticulturist by trade. He is currently involved with Potters for Peace as well as the Potters Water Action Group. Active in Ceramic Filter production and research and is currently serving as filter technician/advisior for facilities in Tuxta Gutierrez, Mexico; Naagdaha, Nepal and Osun, Nigeria. Stubna has experience working on filters in San Marco, Nicaragua and Cuatrocienegas, Mexico.
B. Stephen Carpenter, II
B Stephen Carpenter, II is professor of art education and professor in charge of the Art Education Program at Penn State. He is also co-director of the Summer Institute on Contemporary Art (SICA) and chief executive artist for Reservoir Studio. Steve is interested in professional development through art for preK-12 educators, critical art education practices, and the global water crisis as curriculum. His mixed-media assemblages, installations, and performance artworks confront and disrupt social, historical, cultural, and political constructs. Steve has authored and co-authored book chapters and journal articles on art education, visual culture, and curriculum theory. He is co-author of Interdisciplinary Approaches to Teaching Art in High School (2006), co-editor of Curriculum for a Progressive, Provocative, Poetic, and Public Pedagogy (2006), and co-editor of two forthcoming books. Steve is associate editor of Studies in Art Education (2015-2017), a past co-editor of the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy (2010-2013) and a past editor of Art Education (2004-2006). He serves on the editorial review board of Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society, and the international editorial board of Curriculum Inquiry. He is a National Art Education Association (NAEA) Distinguished Fellow and a recipient of the Eugene Grigsby Jr. Award (NAEA). Steve holds a B.F.A. degree in Visual Art from Slippery Rock University (1987) and M.Ed. (1989) and Ph.D. (1996) degrees in Art Education from The Pennsylvania State University.